Art on the corner: ‘Mesquite Lovers Bench’

SCULPTURE: “Mesquite Lovers Bench” is one of five benches or seats in this year’s exhibit. It is in front of First Class Travel on the south side of the 400 block of Main Street.

ARTIST: Ira Wiesenfeld of Tucson, Ariz.

DESCRIPTION: The bench was created out of stained mesquite wood and welded forged steel. Two slabs of mesquite log make up the seat and back. The under- and back sides of the wood are natural, unpolished bark. Black painted and forged metal forms the legs and frame of the bench. “Mesquite Lovers Bench” is 40 inches tall and 36 inches long — cozy enough for two people.

INSPIRATION: “That’s a more functional piece. It’s a comfortable bench to sit in and beautiful. Mesquite is a beautiful wood. It’s predominent down here (in Arizona) and it’s a hard wood. It doesn’t usually get that big. That’s unusual and rare. Grand Junction (Art on the Corner) had asked for benches. I had the slabs and put two and two together. The steel work is my signature ironwood. I put a wood grain look to it — it gives it a gnarly look,” said Wiesenfeld.

PAST ENTRIES: This is the first year Wiesenfeld has submitted sculptures to Art on the Corner. In addition to “Mesquite Lover’s Bench,” he submitted “Hummer,” which is on the south side of the 300 block of Main Street.


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